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Scholarships and Bursaries

The 2017 Scholarship, Awards and Bursary application deadline has been extended to November 10, 2017. Please make sure you have all the information you require before you complete the application as you cannot make changes once it is submitted. For instructions on how to apply for these scholarships, awards and bursaries please see the "How to Apply" section below.

Student leadership awards will open later in the school year, the deadline for the 2017 academic year has not yet been set. For more information on these awards please go to their website.


The following bursaries are now open:


Metis Nation of Ontario Bursary:

  • Métis students can apply for the Métis Student Bursary Program (MSBP) at the Financial Aid Office, Aboriginal Student Liaison Centre or through Student Support Services at the participating college or university. Bursary applications are available to students following registration in the fall. Deadlines are school specific and bursary recipients are announced in the winter. Students may reapply for bursaries and/or scholarships each year when they register for school. The amount of bursaries will vary depending on the accumulation of interest each year.
  • The MNO strives to expand and enhance the program to create more opportunities for Métis students in post-secondary education.

  • How to Apply:
    • Download the Application and the Information Release form and return the application along with the release to the Financial Aid Office at your campus by November 30, 2017.

  • Complete the application as per the instructions:
    • All sections must be fully completed in order for your application to be considered.
    • Students must demonstrate financial need in order to be eligible for bursary assistance.
    • Completed applications and the Métis Nation of Ontario Bursary Release should be submitted to the Financial aid Office and we will forward them to the Post-Secondary Education Officer at the Métis Nation of Ontario.
    • Please note that without the release we cannot forward the application to the Post-Secondary Education Officer at the Métis Nation of Ontario.
    • The bursary is based on financial need to cover unmet educational costs. It does not have to be paid back but it is considered taxable income.

 Ontario First Generation Bursary:

  • Purpose: The Ontario First Generation Bursary is for postsecondary students whose parents have never attended postsecondary studies. It's for students with financial need attending a publicly-assisted college or university in Ontario only.

  • How much can I get: The amount of bursary available varies. It ranges from $1,000 to $3,500. The actual amount awarded is determined by your school. Contact your school's financial aid office for details.

  • Who is eligible: You may be eligible if you meet all of these eligibility requirements:
    • You're attending a publicly-assisted college or university in Ontario
    • Your parent(s) have never participated in postsecondary studies anywhere in the world on either a full or part-time basis.
    • You're enrolled in a first-entry undergraduate program. Second entry programs (e.g., law or medicine) and graduate programs are not eligible.
    • You don’t already have a postsecondary degree, diploma or certificate.
    • You're not receiving assistance through the Second Career program.
    • You meet the citizenship and Ontario residency requirements listed in the OSAP Application for Full-Time Students.
    • You've met the financial need criteria defined by your school for this bursary.
    • Check with your school as they may have additional eligibility requirements in addition to those listed above. For example, some schools require that you be in full-time studies.
    • You don't have to apply for either OSAP for Full-Time Students or OSAP for Part-Time Students to be considered for this bursary.

  • How to Apply: Download the Ontario First Generation Application and return it to the Financial Aid Office at your campus by November 30, 2017.

Indigenous Student Bursary:

  • Purpose: The Indigenous Student Bursary provides aid to Indigenous students with financial need who are attending either:
    • a publicly-assisted colleges and universities in Ontario
    • an approved Aboriginal institute in Ontario

  • How much can I get: The amount of bursary available varies and can range from $1,000 to $3,500. The actual amount awarded is determined by your school. Contact your school's financial aid office for details.

  • Who is eligible: You may be eligible for this bursary if meet the following requirements:
    • You're attending a publicly-assisted college or university in Ontario or an approved Aboriginal institute in Ontario.
    • You're in an approved postsecondary academic program (e.g. degree and diploma programs) or training program (e.g. apprenticeships).
    • You self-identify as being an Aboriginal person (see definition, below) and/or you self-identify with a First Nations, Inuit or Metis cultural or ancestral background.
    • You meet citizenship and Ontario residency requirements as outlined on the OSAP Application for Full-Time Students.
    • You have demonstrated financial need based on the criteria as set out by your school.
    • Your school may have additional eligibility requirements in addition to those listed above. For example, some schools require that you be in full-time studies. Contact your school's financial aid office for complete details.
    • You don't have to apply for either OSAP for Full-Time Students or OSAP for Part-Time Students to be considered for this bursary.

  • Aboriginal Person: An Aboriginal person in Canada, as recognized in the Constitution Act, 1982, is a person who identifies with First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit cultural and/or ancestral background.

  • How to Apply: Download the Indigenous Student Bursary Application and return it to the Financial Aid Office at your campus by November 30, 2017.

Heather Sako Memorial Bursary:

  • Awarded to one full-time student enrolled in the English Language Institute. Eligible applicants must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need.

  • How to Apply: Download the Heather Sako Memorial Application and return it to the Financial Aid Office at your campus by November 30, 2017

How to Apply

For all awards

  • Go to my.senecacollege.ca (log in required)
  • Go to College Services, click on Student Centre (log in required)
  • Go to Finances, Click on Apply for Financial Aid
  • Select Academic Year: 2017
  • Fill out all required information
  • Select terms of study (FALL and/or WINTER and/or SUMMER) complete the budget.
  • Click Submit – Please note once you click submit you cannot make changes.  Please ensure you have your budget information before you start this section.
  • Select awards from the list of Eligible Awards
  • A number of questions will appear, these are linked to the awards you have selected. If the question is not applicable to you please type N/A or unselect the award. There is a 500 character limit (not word limit) on the questions. You can copy the questions and come back to the application when you are ready, as long as it is before the application deadline. If you wish you can write the answers in a word document then copy and paste them onto the application. This will help ensure you have the right number of characters and will enable you to check your grammar and spelling.
  • Click Submit when you have answered all the questions. Please note once you click submit you cannot make any changes.
  • Track the status of your application under the View My Student Awards (link is found below Apply for Financial Aid)